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Community Hours Opportunities at CMC!

We are so appreciative of the many ways that families contribute to CMC! This page features a list of commonly available Community Hours opportunities. This is far from a comprehensive list of all opportunities; there are other unique ways that families have earned and can earn Community Hours at CMC. Please continue to check your email frequently, reference our Daily Schedule & Calendar, and reach out to Lauren with any ideas or questions!

Once completed, please don't forget to submit our

Recurring Community Hours Opportunities

Sign up to Shop for Snack! (6 hours per week):

One of the best ways you can support your child(ren) at CMC is by shopping for a week of groceries and other perishable/consumable supplies for our community! Please drop off all groceries and supplies with your child on the first day of the week for which you have signed up.

Avoid our end-of-the-week front desk pitch to pitch in by signing up ahead of time using our Snack Shopping Calendly!

Donate Fresh Cut Flowers or Produce from Your Garden or Local Farm Stand (1 hour for every $20 of market value): 

Help us make strides toward our mission of environmental responsibility by bringing in local fresh flowers or produce when in season! Please see our Snack Menu for ideas. 

Take on Yard and Curb Clean Up (1 hour per hour of cleanup):

Stop by the front desk and pick up a trash picker, trash bag, and a pair of gloves, and spend an hour (or two) picking up litter, big and small, all over our property. Many of us at CMC call this activity “the trash hunt”, your family can call it whatever you like! 

Donate Books to CMC’s Lending Library (1 hour per 10 books):

As many in our community are aware, we operate a very small, one-book-in, one-book-out Lending Library near our front desk! Please donate new or gently-used books to grow our collection. Please only donate books that are preschool to early elementary-level and reality-based (no talking animals, superheroes, baby or toddler-level board books etc.)!

Replace Missing Books in CMC’s Lending Library (1 hour per 3 books): 

We keep a little stack of library cards belonging to long unreturned books in the back of our little Lending Library card box. We’ve found the best way to keep our Lending Library stocked with a wide range of high-quality children’s literature is to purchase good used copies of our unreturned titles (most are available online for between $4 and $9 with shipping). You can help by asking to take three cards from the box and then bringing them back to us inside the good used copies you’ve purchased - we’ll add new painted pouches!  

Cut Paper Towels for the Children’s House (2 hours per plastic bin):

Tiny hands go through lots of paper towels throughout the day! You’re welcome to  borrow one of our paper cutters or use your own to cut paper towels down to child-sized for us. We are always happy to stockpile!

Join Our Poison Ivy Task Force (2 hours for every hours of removal):

We’ve made a lot of progress eliminating poison ivy from our play space and property these past few years. However, new little sprouts continue to occasionally pop up. If you are able to identify poison ivy plants and are comfortable with manually removing them, we would love to hear from you!

Donate Gently Used Clothing and/or Gear (1 hour for every $20 of market value):

We request that families prepare their children for school with extra changes of clothes, inside shoes, and outside shoes and gear appropriate for the day’s weather. However, sometimes children go through their extra clothing quicker than expected and/or do not come prepared to enjoy playing outdoors. We therefore accept clothing and gear donations ranging in size from  2T to 8 for clothing and 7 to 2 for footwear. In choosing clothing and gear to donate, please follow our gear policy of avoiding anything that could be understood as a toy or costume (Disney, superhero, or otherwise themed items). Please refer to the Family Handbook for our full gear policy. We are typically in greatest need of extra pants and underwear in sizes 4T and up! 

Transport Crushed Cans to the Scrapyard (2 hours per trip):

Please load your vehicle with at least four large trash bags of cans that we have crushed using our can crusher and drop them off at New World Recycling (1079 E 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201) or another local scrap yard. Please deliver the payment you receive as well as the empty black trash bags  to CMC before logging your hours. All proceeds will go toward the building of a sandbox at CMC (eventually, this endeavor is unfortunately not as lucrative as it is fun and illuminating)!

Buy CMC Sweats and Wear Around Town (1 hour):

We have a limited stock of CMC hoodies and sweatpants available for sale behind our front desk that we’d be so happy to see your children in at school and around town. We can offer a “rebate”, of sorts, in the form of 1 Community Hour for each piece of clothing purchased.

Put Together CMC Visit Folders (1 hour per hour of preparation):

Help prepare folders for visiting prospective family members! Ask Lauren for supplies and instructions.

Distribute CMC Stickers and Flyers (1 hour for every five flyers hung):

Find places within a 15-minute drive of CMC where families of young children visit often. Introduce yourself as a CMC family member and ask the person in charge to display one CMC flier and/or 10 stickers and/or reorganize community bulletin boards to display CMC’s flier and stickers in an appealing manner. Ask Taylor for supplies and further instructions.

Refer a Family (5 hours per enrolled family):

Encourage families you know with young children to explore enrollment at CMC. Community Hours will be awarded each time a referred family reserves their child(ren)’s spot(s) with an Enrollment Deposit or PFCC Registration Fee.

Serve as a CMC Reference (1 hour per reference provided):

Add your family’s name to our list of references we provide to prospective families upon request. Earn 1 Community Hour each time you successfully serve as a reference.

Write Reviews (1 hour per three reviews published):

Find CMC profiles online — Yelp,, Facebook, Google, Apple Maps — and share your experiences at CMC In writing reviews, please try to include the words “preschool”, “kindergarten”, and “Montessori” and “school” while avoiding the words “infant”, and “toddler”, “daycare center” or “child care center.” 

Donate and/or Roll Plastic Shopping Bags (1 hour per approximately 100 rolled bags):

Ask Lauren for a supply of plastic bags and/or a quick lesson on rolling. Rolling plastic bags into balls helps us store them neatly and ensure that we have a ready supply for wet/soiled clothing, broken glass, and other messes around the building.

Observe The Morning Work Cycle (1 hour per observation): 

Visit the important links page of our Family Handbook or scan the flyer on our bulletin board to schedule a time to observe our Montessori program in full swing! This is one of the best ways to understand and support your child’s school experience! 

Revitalize Our Children’s Houses (1 to 4 hours):

Join us any time you are available from 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM on one of our Program Development Days, during which we will invite you to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of our Children’s House environments alongside our Guides and Assistants. Your participation will make a meaningful difference in preparing the environment for the children while also helping you develop a newfound familiarity with our carefully prepared Montessori learning environments. Please reach out to Lauren to express your interest and schedule a time or times to come help!

And last but certainly not least, your family is always welcome to record one community hour each time you attend a CMC Event or Family Guide Conference!

Please check our Calendar & Daily Schedule page for an up-to-date list of upcoming events!

Here are some examples of past CMC events!

End of the School Year Picnic! (May 27th, 2023)

CMC's First Official Family Outing to Sunrise Sanctuary! (May 20th, 2023)

Spring Equinox Potluck! (March 20th, 2023)

CMC Trunk or Treat! (October 29th, 2022)

Family Landscaping Day (October 29th, 2022)

Northland Unity Festival (September 17th, 2022)

We also welcome you to think outside the box when it comes to acts of service or donations that might benefit our school! Do you have ideas for future events or additional Community Hours opportunities?

Once you have contributed to our community in any way, please don't forget to submit our Community Hours Family Contributions Recording Form. Please also feel free to email Lauren or stop by the front desk if you are unsure about how many Community Hours you have yet to fulfill this session!

Thank you for supporting CMC and for being a part of our community!



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